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Horace Silver

Datum narození: 2. září 1928
Datum úmrtí: 18. červen 2014

Horace Silver byl americký jazzový pianista a skladatel. Jeho otec, známý pod jménem John Tavares Silva, pochází z Kapverdských ostrovů, jeho matka má irsko-americký původ. Silver je pionýrem jazzového stylu hard bop, je také znám svým osobitým smyslem pro humor a téměř funky hrou na klavír. Mezi své hudební vlivy řadí gospel, africkou a latinskoamerickou hudbu, on sám ovlivnil také vznik soul jazzu.


„Hudba je všude… musíš ji jen uchopit.“

„I've found in composing that being simple and profound—having in-depthness in your music—is the most difficult thing to do. Anybody can write a whole lot of notes, which may or may not say something... But why make it complicated for the musicians to play? Why make it difficult for the listeners to hear?“

„Compose and perform your music free of egotism and with a conscious desire to gratify the listener. This conscious desire in time will become subconscious and a part of your natural way. Think of yourself as a channel through which the Divine strives to uplift mankind. What a privileged and honored position you have been placed in. Become aware of the good that you can do through your talents. Once you become aware and accept this responsibility, there will be no more room for egotistical concepts. Your concepts will expand to gratify and uplift the listener and to lead you to the total fulfillment of your destiny. Strive to write and perform in such a manner that others may be gratified and that you may be fulfilled.“ Horace Silver - The Art of Small Jazz Combo Playing

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